Kohfeldt: “We want to play for these places again”

VfL Wolfsburg are on their way out of this reasonably messed up season. For next season, coach Florian Kohfeldt is already aiming for the international rankings.

Wolfsburg manager Florian Kohfeldt wants to attack again after a disappointing season.

Wolfsburg manager Florian Kohfeldt wants to attack again after a disappointing season.
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In the end, the people of Cologne celebrated, even though they had just lost their home game against VfL Wolfsburg. FC are certainly involved in international affairs, while Lower Saxony makes a bad season a little more bearable. And then stick to the top again in the new season. Florian Kohfeldt is already clear: “Next year we would like to play for these places again.” Europe in sight.

This is not the claim for the new season

The trainer is already in attack mode, leads the way and tightens the reins so that after this time of play in comfort mode, everyone knows immediately what’s at stake. In the end, they managed to stay in the league with some degree of sovereignty. But: “That”, underlines Kohfeldt, “is not the claim for the new season”. The team’s expectations are formulated at the beginning and before the end of the season on Saturday (15:30, LIVE! On kicker) against the Bayern champions, Kohfeldt does not admit laziness. “Forget it and relax a bit”, he only tolerates it after the last home game and “not a day before”.

It is not a satisfying season

Wolfsburg wants to get back up to meet the Volkswagen owner’s expectations. More recently, VW boss Herbert Diess had already criticized: “Our club is one of the best equipped in Germany, we have a very expensive squad and I think the performance is too weak for that.” Kohfeldt also underlines this: “It’s not a satisfying season for us, we have to draw our conclusions from that.”

It starts with the squad and the management, who don’t manage the long leash very well. The squad needs selective changes – with attackers Jakub Kaminski (Lech Posen) and Patrick Wimmer (Arminia Bielefeld) two newcomers have already been confirmed – every single player needs a better physical condition. Kohfeldt has to deal with it in the summer. So that the attack on the international ranks becomes possible again.

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